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Monday, June 04, 2007

Near Beer

Had my first real experience with Non-Alcoholic beer last night. My experience lasted 12 ounces. "Near Beer" is the worst thing man has ever created. Ben Franklin once said "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy". NA Beer is proof that God has a sense of humor.


  1. Don't they wear those shirts at the Great Dane? "Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy." ? I think that's where I saw them.

    Anyway, I've been reading your blog since it was profiled in the Wisconsin State Journal. Just a mom with two young kids living on Madison's west side, want you to know that we are proud of you.

  2. I think every time I see an O'Doul's i'll think of you and laugh. Because I can see your face being so pissed off that you had a shot at beer only to find that it didn't have the alcohol. Its like doing a fall start or hang clean and forgetting to "time up the force", it just aint the same.

    I also read the New York Daily News article. I know you don't want any extra pub or another pat on the back, but I'm the madison guy, the pc, liberal hippy, so I still have to tell you that am proud of what your doing and that I admire your courage. Few people have the character to do what you do.

    I addition, you need to mention to people that you are in the spring game hall of fame. It is an honor shared by very few. But it is worth noting on your blog. I think my plaque is printed on the back of a dummy card.

    Hey, anytime you wanna trade in for some cleats, I'm In, I'm On with you!

  3. Hm. My experience with the "near-beer" when I was over there ('90-'91) was that Moussy (I think that's the right spelling) was at least drinkable. The San Miguel near-beer was...not.

    Semper Fi from another Cheesehead Jarhead. Sorry y'all have to be cleaning up the mess we left for y'all in '91.

  4. you're better off taking a beer bottle with the label still on and filling it with water. drink it in a dim place. at least it will look like beer.

  5. Near beer is nowhere near beer. I have a quote from psalm 104:15 that God gave wine to gladden the heart of man.

  6. Let me know when your back in 29 palms. My inlaws live there and I will buy you a good beer.